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Love the story, the laugh out loud humor, the revenge scene at the end. Laughter really is the best medicine! Would love to know how this book affected Bernstein; I certainly hope he was humiliated, and I hope The Giantess broke his heart. So glad Ephron went on to have a fabulous and fulfilling life.
Meryl Streep is the best narrator/reader in the world!! Easily the best book I've listened to on Audible so far.
In Heartburn, Nora Ephron pens a story of truth about relationships, commitment, heartache & betrayal within a family laced with the common comfort of food. Although we all have an escapism when things go awry, for this main character that thing is represented by food & cookbooks.
This is a great story that touches on the inner workings on marriage as an ultimate relationship and how an agreement between two parties on how that relationship is working is the central glue that can make or break it, in the end.
Have always loved Nora Ephron's movies now love her books. The combo of her writing with Meryl Streep's performance is outstanding.
I really didn't enjoy this book. There were parts that were comical but not enough in my opinion. I think some of the comedy would have been funnier if I had understood some of the Jewish customs. Meryl Streep did an amazing job. I really had to make myself finish the book.
Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.
The book gave me heartburn. The story was really flat - another divorce story - no solutions, no depth of characters.
The only thing Ms. Ephron nailed were the description of the emotions of the characters. Yet there was no spice to the story and some aspects were unbelievable. The only spice given were the cusswords.
I love Meryl Streep - but her performance was just ok.
No reaction, other than it was a credited wasted.
This book had great reviews, so I thought I give it a try. I have read better books about divorces, as tragic as that is, but this one was just mere average. Get the book on sale, don't waist a credit.
'Heartburn' was originally published in 1983, and is the fictionalised account of the breakdown of her marriage to Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein. Like her main character, Rachel Samstat, Ephron's husband had an affair when she was pregnant with their second child (indeed, Carl Bernstein threatened to sue over the book and subsequent film, but never did). Rachel's story is told with self-deprecating humour and interspersed with recipes as she is a minor celebrity chef of sorts. Some of the recipes sounded quite delicious, but one of the downsides of an audiobook is the difficulty of relocating treasures within once the narrator has passed them by.
As for the narration, who could ask more than Meryl? She is, as you would expect, brilliant, and adds much to the humour of the novel. My main criticism of the novel - and there's not much that can be done about it, given it was originally published over 30 years ago - is that the story is quite dated. I think it would have been a little more cutting edge in its time, but in the past 30 years the story of wronged partner making good on their own has been done time and time again.
This truly is the best audiobook of all time. The story is so laugh out loud funny at times and Meryl Streep as narrator is just the best. This is the only audiobook I've finished and then started over again right away. You just love it that much.
This Heartburn was an experience I thoroughly enjoyed. Nora Ephron's portrayal of a marriage that has come apart presents a wry, yet realistic, view of a failed relationship, and at the same time of the foibles of the social world which constitutes the setting. In spite of the sadness at the core of the story, there are times when a reader cannot help but laugh at the absurdities that play out.
And Meryl Streep has captured the protagonist's voice, and the voices of all the characters perfectly. I was sometimes infuriated by Rachel's apparent obtuseness, and yet, I came to understand the process by which she came to swallow her husband's lies, even as the rumour mill kept churning out stories that should have at least made her wonder. Streep also captures the humour and the pathos of the situation, as well as the snideness of the commentators who spend so much time gossiping without ever confronting the truth.
All in all - a most enjoyable experience.